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    Sale 7477

    International Modern and Contemporary Art

    31 October 2007, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel

  • Lot 37


    Untitled (from the 'Waw' Series)

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    Untitled (from the 'Waw' Series)
    watercolour on paper
    40 x 60in. (101.6 x 152.4cm.)
    Painted in 2007

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    Abdul Kadir Al-Raes is the best-known artist from the UAE. Simultaneously he paints in two very different styles. For his landscape and architectural scenes, his style is photorealistic, very keenly observed, with a delicate beige palette set off by flashes of blue. More recently he has also begun to paint abstract works and abstracted paintings involving the Arabic letterform, often with a much richer colouring of vivid reds, blues and yellows. What unites both is his signature of small floating squares, which appear even in the most realistic of his paintings.

    Abdul Kadir works in both oil and watercolour, for both his photorealist paintings and for his abstract and Arabic letter-based pieces. Watercolours are usually painted in smaller sizes, but the present lot is unusual in that has been produced in a very large scale.

    Saleroom Notice

    The medium is collage and watercolour on paper. It is signed and dated in Arabic lower right. Please note this lot may not be subjected to the 5 Importation Duty if purchased by a UAE resident.